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Southeast announces signing of three basketball recruits

Friday, May 2, 2008

The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball program announced with a news release Thursday the signing of three players for next year's team.

The Redhawks added point guard Bijon Jones, center/power forward Israel Kirk and forward Stuart Pirre.

Jones, a 5-foot-10 transfer from Motlow Community College, averaged seven points, four assists and two steals per game. He also shot 47 percent on 3-pointers. He helped lead Liberty High School in Jackson, Tenn., to the 2006 Tennessee Class AA state title.

"Bijon is a fearless player with a high basketball IQ," his junior college coach, Bobby Steinburg, said in the release. "I think he will be an impact player in the OVC."

Kirk, a 6-7 center/power forward, also played at Motlow in Lynchburg, Tenn. He averaged five points and four rebounds per game.

"Israel is a very athletic post player who is ideally suited for a transition offense," Steinburg said.

Pirre, a 6-8 post player, was an all-state selection at Christian Life High School in Baton Rouge, La. He led the state in 3-point field goal percentage, hitting 48 percent, and finishing with 139 made 3-pointers. He averaged 18 points, six rebounds and four assists per game.

"Southeast Missouri is absolutely getting a steal," Christian Life coach Todd Foster said in the release. "Pirre is a gym rat who will continue to get better every day."

Southeast coach Scott Edgar set a lofty goal for Pirre.

"We will have him for four years, and I think by his sophomore season he will be the best shooter in the OVC," Edgar said in the release.

Jones, Kirk and Pirre join 6-5 Martino Brock and 6-5 Mark Caviness, who both signed during the early signing period.

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Good job coach Edgar!!! I think you are doing a great job considering you get on a very small budget at a Div I level, but I think if you want a fountain or some kind of building you would get all kinds of funds for that. Another thought maybe if you can get some of the funds that Semo is acquiring all this ground around town and land swapping and payoffs?, if some of that could go to atletics your budget might actually get to fair level were you need to be in the OVC.

-- Posted by SBKC1969&2009 on Fri, May 2, 2008, at 9:41 AM

Which is worse, Edgar being silent for so long and not saying a thing about any recruits or transfers, or him making an outlandish comment that only puts more pressure on this kid?

Maybe Scotty E. should take a lesson from this kid's high school coach when it comes to making comments.

-- Posted by Joe Raider on Fri, May 2, 2008, at 11:09 AM

Over the years I've seen those with 30 ppg averages never pan out, and I've seen those with minimal statistics do okay. Even though on paper there is nothing exciting about this class of recruits, the results still will not be measured until next season.

-- Posted by whitey on Fri, May 2, 2008, at 4:52 PM

If these are the top recruits for next year, we are in for a long year next year as 2 of these players didn't even start on their Jr College team last year. If that's the best our recruiting team can do you better bring back Ronnie Dean at least he got players who had some ability

-- Posted by runner50 on Sat, May 3, 2008, at 7:51 AM

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